“I would like to teach young kids so they know the value and importance of turning that tap on where they live and how much it took to get that water flow — if they even have a tap,” Burke said.
And while Topsfield may not rely on desalination for its water, conservation can still be a daily practice of residents. Fixing old, leaky pipes, she said, is a significant way to conserve water.
“The city of Boston loses a lot of water because their pipes are old. And that’s true in a lot of older cities,” Burke said. “It may sound silly, but you know, turn the tap off when you’re brushing your teeth.”